Pictured: Sean Starr, internationally renowned sign artist, Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler, members of The Cranberries.
The curtain may be coming down on another summer, but culture vultures in Limerick can look forward to a jam-packed feast of unique events across the city and county under the banner of The 061. Over the coming months, the ‘Treaty City’ returned to centre stage following the hugely successful Limerick City of Culture 2014.
Aptly titled The 061 (the dialing code for the city and surrounds) the details of the exciting events planned for this month were revealed by Mike Fitzpatrick, Sheila Deegan and Eoghan Prendergast as the country dials into culture for the month of September.
Eoghan Prendergast, Limerick Marketing Company, said at the FabLab on Patrick St, spoke about The 061, saying: “I think it’s a fantastic platform, especially the 2020 bid. I’m confident we will get through to the next round and put our best foot forward.
The month long cultural extravaganza which is a showcase of how rich and diverse culture is in Limerick and confirms the belief in Limerick’s bid for the prestigious 2020 European Capital Of Culture. Limerick Marketing has also dialled in to support 061 Limerick, encompassing music, dance, history literature and design. It will also feature popular indigenous festivals, including the Limerick Jazz Festival, the Elemental Arts and Cultural Festival, plus the return of the annual artistic feast on Culture Night.
Speaking at the launch of The 061 Limerick, Sheila Deegan, Limerick City and County Council Arts Officer, said: “The cultural revolution of 2014 that was manifested in the homegrown festivals and events in Limerick continue to be important expressions of our shared public culture. Together these festivals and events show that Limerick is rich in culture and diversity and through these festivals we embrace the identity and creative energy that these events give to the locality. As Limerick bids for the designation for European Capital of Culture 2020, we have shown that there is a huge appetite for all things cultural, so lets celebrate”.
“The 061 Limerick is an opportunity for cultural practitioners across Limerick to showcase together their individual events under one banner whilst also allowing us to highlight the vast amount of cultural activity being created and enjoyed by our citizens, friends and neighbours”, she added.
This year Limerick’s Culture Night, taking place on September 18th will be bigger and better than ever with a jam-packed night of over free events taking place all over Limerick city and county. With art, dance, design, film, heritage, literature, music and theatre every citizen of Limerick is encouraged to experience something new this Culture Night.
The eagerly anticipated return of the Elemental Arts and Culture Festival takes place from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September. Jennifer Allen, Elemental Festival Director says the festival, now in its fourth year, has something special for everyone.
Limerick Jazz Festival returns from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September with the city set to play host to artists from the USA, Spain, the UK and Northern Ireland. Limerick Jazz Festival spokesperson, John Daly, notes the continuous growth of the festival over recent years.
“Limerick is renowned for its musical diversity and over recent years the Limerick Jazz Festival has enabled us to showcase the great jazz talent that exists in Limerick whilst also welcoming many of the world’s leading jazz artists to our city. This year’s programme of events is simply world class and we look forward to celebrating this great musical genre across the three day festival”.
Love Letters from Limerick will run from Thursday 10th September until Friday 9th October. Described as an ‘Art Exhibition and Collaboration Gift Project to the city of Limerick’ the series of events will include a special large scale ‘ghost sign’ project created by the internationally renowned sign artist Sean Starr in collaboration with Limerick’s own Tom Collins and with input from The Cranberries. A special exhibition of professional sign work and mirrors will also go on display at Fab Lab in the city centre.
Limerick City Gallery of Art celebrates 30 years since the reopening of the Gallery with 30 Day Hath September, a month long celebration of one of the city’s much loved spaces with some new, unusual and unexpected pairings set to pop up over the course of the month.
Sheila Deegan notes the importance of all Limerick citizens engaging in some way with a cultural event over the course of the month of September. “We want to hear people’s thoughts as to how we progress in relation to the Limerick bid”, she said.
“The bid is about our citizens and how they experience Limerick’s culture. We encourage people to continue to engage in the bid process by keeping an eye on updates on our website, on Twitter or Facebook or by submitting your own thoughts via the website itself. The strength of our bid will be determined by how all our citizens interact with the process”, Deegan added.
A full programme of events showcasing the wealth of activities Limerick has to offer over the course of September is available by logging onto www.limerick2020.ie or by picking up one of the brochures available at cultural venues across the city and county.
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